Penguin Pride was in full effect at the recent American Library Association conference, held in San Francisco from June 23-26.
During opening night, Penguin featured three new authors as part of our “Fresh Fiction Friday,” including Elizabeth McKenzie (The Portable Veblen
), Andi Teran (Ana of California
), and Ottessa Moshfegh (Eileen
). Librarians swarmed the Penguin booth to meet these authors and take advantage of the customary galley giveaways. The enthusiasm continued on Day Two as Jayne Ann Krentz (Secret Sisters
), Michelle Tea (How to Grow Up
) and Michelle Miller (The Underwriting
) all received warm welcomes during their booth signings. Five fabulous mystery authors, Elaine Viets (Checked Out
), Jenn McKinlay (Dark Chocolate Demise
), Kate Carlisle (Ripped from the Pages
), Juliet Blackwell (The Paris Key
), and Emily Brightwell (Mrs. Jeffries and the One Who Got Away
) appeared in front of a packed house at the ALA Pop Top Mystery stage on a panel moderated by Dominique R. Jenkins, Academic Conventions Manager & Library Marketing Manager, Penguin Random House. Penguin author Celeste Ng (Everything I Never Told You
) was the darling of the AAP Book-A-Licious Breakfast which was attended by over 250 librarians, and then later appeared at an awards dinner to accept her 2014 Asian/Pacific American Libraries Award in Literature.
The show continued on Day Three with Viking author Val Brelinsky (The Girl Who Slept with God
) speaking on the always popular First Author, First Book panel, and Phil Klay (Redeployment
) and Janis Cooke Newman (A Master Plan For Rescue
) signing books at the booth. Avery author Jennifer Tyler Lee (The 52 New Foods Challenge
) shared cooking tips on the ALA What’s Cooking Stage and Amy Belding Brown (Flight of the Sparrow
) and Stuart Rojstaczer (The Mathematician's Shiva
) spoke at the RUSA Literary Tastes breakfast, giving them the opportunity to thank the librarians for selecting their books for the RUSA Reading List and Sophie Brody honorable mention award. Alexandra Petri (A Field Guide to Awkward Silences
) made librarians laugh out loud at the annual United for Libraries Humor Panel headlined by Paula Poundstone, and Matthew Pearl (The Last Bookaneer
) was charming as he spoke at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea attended by over 250 librarians. Last but not least Viking author Keith McCafferty (Crazy Mountain Kiss
) won over new fans by baking cookies for his booth signing and speaking eloquently at the AAP Mystery Panel on the final day of the show.
In the end, the talk of the show was the tag team appearance of Riverhead author Sarah Vowell (Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
) and Dutton author Nick Offerman (Gumption
), who interviewed each other in front of standing room crowds during their individual ALA Auditorium Speaker Series events. The librarians were very happy!